Two pupils from Falkland House School have been given an interesting insight into the world of work after completing a work placement with the Scottish Government.
Over the course of three weeks, the boys were introduced to the full range of administration and support functions that keep the offices running smoothly on a daily basis. Tasks included photocopying, scanning, shredding, meeting preparation and undertaking front of house/reception and mail room duties at Atlantic Quay. They were also given a tour of the Scottish Parliament where they met the Minister for Employability and Training, Jamie Hepburn.
The Scottish Government regularly offers graduate and undergraduate placements as well as summer internships, however the boys are only the second year to undertake a placement tailored specifically for pupils with additional support needs.
Falkland House School Director, Stuart Jacob, said: “This has been a great experience for the boys and they would like to take this opportunity to thank the Scottish Government for all their support. They’ve both thoroughly enjoyed it and learnt some valuable skills they can take forward with them when they enter the workplace in the future.
“The logistics and nature of the placement made this quite a daunting prospect for them initially, but they have both coped admirably and proved themselves.
“Placements like this are invaluable to young people with additional support needs in building confidence and getting experience. Quite often they bring with them a special skill set which can be invaluable to some employers. I would urge more organisations to look beyond the label and to consider offering a work placement.”
Jamie Hepburn, Minister for Employability and Skills said: “It’s important that everybody gets a chance to experience what it is like to be in the workplace, to learn new skills and build confidence. I’m delighted that the Scottish Government was able to host Hugh and Lucas. I understand that they interacted well with staff and undertook tasks assigned to them with enthusiasm. It was a pleasure to have them with us and I wish them all the best with their future job searches.”
Click on the link below to listen to Hugh talking about his experience at the Scottish Government: